We’ve been talking about The X-Files’ 20th anniversary a lot lately, thanks to many of the cast and crew sounding off on the subject. But there’s another beloved science fiction property celebrating two decades of existence this year: Babylon 5. The B5 pilot movie, The Gathering, first aired on February 22, 1993. While B5 may not have the same widespread legacy of popularity — it would help if the damn thing was actually airing somewhere — its fans are just as devout. If you count yourself among the faithful, you may want to mark your calendar: many of the B5 cast will be reuniting for a convention this January in Galveston, Texas.
While the Great Maker himself, J. Michael Straczynski, won’t be in attendance, the lineup for Space City Con 2014 currently includes many of the show’s cast: Mira Furlan (Delenn), Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari), Claudia Christian (Susan Ivanova), Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Julie Caitlin Brown (Na’Toth/Guinevere Corey), Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters), Tracy Scoggins (Elizabeth Lochley), Marshall Teague (Ta’Lon/Nelson Drake), and Bridget Flanery (Zoe from the Neil Gaiman-scripted “Day of the Dead”).
Of the core surviving cast (that’s depressing to type), that just leaves out Bruce Boxleitner (John Sheridan) and Jason Carter (Marcus Cole). Given that the teaser image on the Facebook event set up by Claudia Christian says there will be “more B5 announcements coming soon,” it’s entirely possible that we’ll see both of them and more signing on before all is said and done.
Space City Con is scheduled for January 3 – 5, 2015, which falls on the typical convention template of Friday through Sunday. It’ll be based at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. You can check out the official site or Facebook page for more details. It’s too early to expect a full schedule to be released, so it’s unclear if the B5 cast will be making just one big panel appearance or if there will be smaller events such as autograph signings. (I’d be very surprised if the cast didn’t stick around to sign stuff, however.)
This is the second big reunion for the B5 cast, following up on the Phoenix Comicon this past May, which you can watch below. I was seriously bummed to miss that one, but since Space Con is more in my neck of the woods — or at least within the same state — I’m hoping I won’t have to miss out on this second chance. If nothing else, I’ve got a B5 poster that’s only short a few signatures…
If you’ve always been curious about Babylon 5 but still haven’t gotten around to watching it, here’s a perfect excuse, especially if you can get yourself to Galveston this January. Hell, even if you can’t, B5 is a show every science fiction fan should check out. With the show off the air for a long period, and Warner Bros. seeming to have no interest in reviving or strongly supporting the property, Straczynski’s magnum opus continues to sink into obscurity for all but the most dedicated fans. That’s a damn shame for a show that can justifiably stand next to other genre TV greats such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.